Category: Acting
You Know the Story But Not the Musical
Wednesday, May 10, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed May 10, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
A Queens theatre company puts Raisin in the spotlight --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond Over the past 13 years, Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun, about the struggles of an African-American family in segregated Chicago, has enjoyed two starry Broadway revivals: in 2004...
Becoming a Woman With a Scandalous Body
Wednesday, May 03, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 3, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The Hottentot Venus was real, but at the same time, she wasn't. That was the persona created for Sarah (Saartjie) Baartman, a black South African woman who was displayed in British freak shows during the early nineteenth century. She was showcased because of her large buttocks, which white Europeans deemed shocking and exotic, and she eventually achieved...
You're Never Too Old for a Conspiracy Theory
Thursday, April 27, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 27, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
A seasoned writer works with an emerging company --- You might assume that as they try to stand out in New York City, scrappy theatre companies will look for young and hungry writers to help them make their name. But Stable Cable Lab Co.—an artistic community whose core is comprised of millennials—has found inspiration with playwright...
Swing Music Soothes the Broadway Soul
Friday, April 21, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Apr 21, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Beth Leavel connects to Bandstand --- On Broadway, Beth Leavel has become a master of musical styles. She's sailed through everything from Golden Age crooning to power-pop belting, so it's hardly surprising that she's adding swing music to her repertoire. You can hear the results in Bandstand, which is now in previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre....
How I Discovered One of My Favorite Actors in the Chorus
Tuesday, April 18, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Apr 18, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
It's not just her talent that earns this theatre fan's adoration --- Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire Even as someone who sees a lot of shows, it's rare that I get excited about someone in the chorus. It makes a kind of sense since -- save for a handful of individual moments -- they're usually meant to blend together...
Her Parents Aren't As Liberal As They Thought
Wednesday, April 12, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Culture and religion clash in a new play --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles It's tempting to conflate tolerance with liberalism, but the two don't always go hand in hand. That idea is central to Zayd Dohrn's new play The Profane, currently at Playwrights Horizons. In the show,...
Just Say Yes, Onstage and Off
Monday, April 10, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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How an improv class improved my existence  --- Improv changed my life. Strong words, to be sure, but I'm serious here. I can think of few landmark events as profoundly impactful for me as studying improvisational comedy a decade ago. I didn't go eagerly; I wasn't searching for a hobby or a meet-up group. I was simply a journeyman journalist who'd...
Unleashing an Animal at Lincoln Center Theater
Friday, March 31, 2017  •   Acting  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Mar 31, 2017  •   Acting  •    2 comments Share This
Sarah Ruhl's new play chews through polite behavior --- Even before the bird shows up, there are animals all over How to Transcend a Happy Marriage. In fact, the moment we enter the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, where Lincoln Center Theater is currently presenting Sarah Ruhl's new play, we see a massive goat carcass hanging in an otherwise orderly...
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